Danielle Smith, left, and Tanner Bently share a bag of candy at Canada’s 150th birthday celebration at the Flats in Sooke on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The event featured live music, a pancake breakfast, local vendors, face painting, fireworks, cake and more for the community to enjoy. (Dawn Gibson/ Sooke News Mirror)

YEAR IN REVIEW: July

Here’s what happened this year in July

Sooke resident Ken Davies shares his story about unknowingly buying cocaine laced with fentanyl. After overdosing, Davies was on the floor for 40 hours – 30 unconscious and 10 yelling for help.

His ex-wife eventually came to his home, found him, and called 911. Six months after, he still suffers from the incident, with no feeling from his knee down on one of his legs, leaving him unable to work.

“This screwed my whole life up. I went from making $6,000 to $8, 000 a month, to losing everything,” said Davies. “But I’m lucky to survive. I’ve put my family through hell and I’m happy I get a second chance at life.”

Also in July:

•John Horgan takes over as Premiere on July 18th, after B.C.’s closest ever election results.

•Kenneth Jacob Fenton gets sentenced to four years behind bars for his role in the death of Sooke resident Sarah Beckett, a 32-year-old mother of two young boys. He will also be prohibited from driving for five years following his incarceration.

•Four young Sooke residents, including Presley Banys, 11, Ella McDonald, 14, Luke Hopkins, 11, and Rhys Neveu earn their black belt in Taekwondo. The students are now allowed to start assisting and learning how to teach their own classes, but can continue training and in two years can take their second-degree black belt.

Just Posted

Sooke’s ‘Stonehenge’ gets a rocky reception

Structure intended to accommodate memorial plaques

Sooke district under fire for zoning debacle

Saseenos Veterinary Clinic may have to pay twice for rezoning

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

GoodLife marathon helps enrich lives, share stories

Seniors’ care one of many causes supported by GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Colwood square dancing open house to welcome in new dancers

“It’s therapy,” said long-time square dancer Linda Townsend

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Tragic bus crash, Pacific FC win and Terry Fox runs

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Scheer makes quick campaign stop in Comox

Conservative leader highlights tax promises early in campaign

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read